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A little advice can make all the difference. Scott White suggests starting hitters like Chris Carter. Al Melchior sorts out the two-start starter options. Hitters | Pitchers
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Brewers P Francisco Rodriguez gets save vs. Cubs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:01 pm ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez was credited with a save following Sunday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Cubs. 

Rodriguez entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and promptly gave up a single to Chris Denorfia. Rodriguez shook the hit off and recorded three consecutive outs to end the game. 

This was Rodriguez's fourth save of the season. He now has an ERA of 2.00.  


Tigers' Joakim Soria records perfect inning for 10th save Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Tigers closer Joakim Soria earned his 10th save Sunday, delivering a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 6-4 win over the Royals.

Soria threw 13 of his 15 pitches for strikes as he continues to deliver a reassuring presence in the ninth inning that the Tigers weren't able to enjoy last season. He owns a 1.54 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.


Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas cracks second home run
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 13-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Vargas did his damage in the sixth inning when he hit a lead off home run over the center field wall off of Zach Putnam, his second of the year. Vargas boosted his average to .208 with five RBI in 72 at-bats this season.


Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe crushes fifth homer of 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3 for 5 at the plate with five RBI in Minnesota' 13-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Plouffe did his damage in the third when he crushed a 1-1 pitch from John Danks over the left field wall for a three-run homer, his fifth of the season. Plouffe then singled to center in the fourth to drive home Joe Mauer.

Plouffe is now hitting .278 with 15 RBI in 90 at-bats this season.


Tigers' Miguel Cabrera slugs sixth home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-4 win over the Royals Sunday.

Cabrera extended his team's lead to 6-0 with his fifth-inning home run, and it provided to be the decisive hit of the game after the Royals were able to rally for four runs in the seventh and eighth innings. He was just 1 for 8 in the previous three games of the series but had drawn four walks to provide a constant presence on base.

Cabrera has hit .366/.459/.624 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 93 at-bats.


Twins 2B Brian Dozier cracks first triple of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 4 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 13-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday. Dozier picked up his lone RBI of the game in the third inning when he singled to center, bringing home Chris Herrmann. 

Then in the eighth, Dozier ripped a triple to deep center field, his first of the season. He had just one in 2014 as well. Dozier boosted his average to .240 with 11 RBI in 96 at-bats.


Orioles center fielder Adam Jones posts perfect day at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Rays on Sunday.

Jones, who collected all singles in the game, did his damage in the seventh inning when he drove in two runs to give Baltimore the lead. Jones is on a tear this year, hitting .402 with 21 RBI in 87 at-bats.


Rays first baseman James Loney cranks second home run of 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) Rays first baseman James Loney went 1 for 3 at the plate in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to the Orioles on Sunday. 

Loney did his damage in the second inning when he blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the right field wall for a solo home run, his second of the year.

Loney, who also walked once and struck out once, boosted his average to .286 with six RBI in 35 at-bats.


Orioles closer Zach Britton earns four-out save in win on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a nearly perfect 1 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Rays on Sunday.

Britton came on with two outs in the eighth an a runner on first. He forced Jake Elmore into a groundout to end the threat. Then in the ninth, Britton allowed a lead off walk, but he would never reach home after Britton picked up two strikeouts before forcing Rene Rivera into a groundout to end the game.

Britton, who earned his fifth save of the year, lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 10 2/3 innings of work with 15 strikeouts and three walks.


Tigers' David Price gets extra fielding after errors
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) Tigers pitcher David Price committed his second error of the season on Saturday, and he decided to do something about it. 

Price took ground balls from a coach in the outfield on Sunday morning, getting in some extra fielding practice. He did the same thing the day after his previous error, a month ago.

"I'd rather not lead the league in errors," Price said, per MLive. "I'm giving them extra outs. Getting 27 outs is hard enough. I'd rather not have to get 28 or 29."

He's a hard worker," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He even works hard before his start on the day of his start -- just in his preparation."


 
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